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The view from the overlook at Raven Rock State Park
Status of park facilities as of August 10th   

Raven Rock State Park's main access, at 3009 Raven Rock Road, is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm.  With high volumes of visitors, there maybe limited parking and long wait times. Be mindful of the time you arrive and when the park closes. The gates will lock at 9:00pm. The restroom will close at 5:30pm.

The Mountain Laurel Bicycle Loops remains closed to all users.

Primitive backpack camping at the Canoe Camp and Family Wilderness Camp is open by reservation only. Walk-in reservations are not being accepted at this time. Campers must arrive before 7:00 pm day of reservation. You must check in with a park ranger prior to going to your site. Information regarding camping will be given to registered campers upon reservation.

Please note: The visitor center, most restrooms, all picnic areas, and water fountains remain closed, so please be prepared and bring your own water.

Social distancing rules are in effect and will be enforced. Please put space between you and others.

 Last updated on: Monday, August 10, 2020

***CAMPERS MUST CHECK IN BY 7:00 PM***   

All campers must arrive at park no later than 7:00 pm for day of reservation.
Reservations must be made before arriving to the park.  Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.

The Canoe Campsites and Family Wilderness Campsites are primitive backpack sites only (2 miles or 2.5 miles from parking areas).  

 Last updated on: Saturday, July 4, 2020

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

OPEN TODAY


Map of North Carolina – Raven Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

910-893-4888

raven.rock@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Visitor center

3009 Raven Rock Road
Lillington, NC 27546

GPS: 35.4597, -78.9127

 

Moccasin Branch access

**ACCESS CLOSED**

778 Moccasin Branch Road
Lillington, NC 27546

GPS: 35.4549, -78.9081
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. Raven Rock offers a variety of trails. Travel them on foot, on mountain bike, or on horseback.

All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina state parks.


⇒  BIKE AND BRIDLE TRAIL USERS

When trails are closed for construction, poor trail conditions due to weather, or any other reason, they are closed both for visitor safety AND for the protection of the trail and natural resources. Trails are expensive to construct, maintain, and repair. Disregarding trail closures results in:

  1. Delaying or proloning construction or repair;
  2. Damaging the trails, resulting in significant costs and further closure time for additional repair;
  3. Endangering yourself in addition to both state park and EMS staff who would work to get you out of harm's way if you are lost or hurt.

Thank you for respecting our park's natural resources, facilities, and fellow park visitors.



Mountain Laurel Loop Trail – Beginner – CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
Location: Moccasin Branch Road bike field. Please pay attention to posted gate hours and weather conditions. After parking in the field, take the connector trail behind the wayside to the beginner loop.

Description:

This is the beginner loop of Raven Rock's mountain bike trail system, which is named for the abundant thickets of mountain laurel present along the trail. As you ride through the woods, you will cross numerous bridges; pass between stands of pines and mixed hardwoods; and traverse a restored forest. More experienced riders have the option of lengthening their rides by taking the intermediate or advanced loops, both of which veer off the beginner loop.

Bikers, please pay attention to which direction to go. Please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
6.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white squares

Mountain Laurel Loop Trail – Intermediate – CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
Location: Moccasin Branch Road bike field. Please pay attention to posted gate hours and conditions. After parking in the field, take the connector trail behind the wayside to the beginner loop. The intermediate loop begins further down the beginner loop.

Description:

The intermediate loop of the park's mountain bike trail system starts off of the beginner loop. On the intermediate loop, riders can expect a more challenging experience as they near Fish Creek and are able to catch more of the topography in this section of the park. Riders will notice that this trail is narrower than the beginner loop and offers some technical features.

Bikers, please pay attention to which direction to go. Please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
2.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue squares

Northington Ferry Trail
Location: Begin down the Raven Rock Loop Trail on the opposite side of the picnic shelter at the day-use area. Hike for about 0.5 mile and the trailhead is on the left after the intersection that veers right towards the Overlook.

Description:

Northington Ferry Trail is named after the Northingtons, a prominent family that once lived here long ago. The Northingtons operated a general store, a river ferry system, and the lock and dam located at Fish Traps. This quiet trail is ideal for spotting wildlife, such as deer and box turtles, as well as all kinds of native birds. It is also popular with fishermen due to the trail ending at the mouth of Campbell Creek where it meets the Cape Fear River. Fish commonly caught in this area include catfish, sunfish, bass, and crappie.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange triangles

Raven Rock Loop Trail
Location: To the right of the picnic shelter at the day-use parking lot

Description:

The park's namesake trail is very popular for its iconic features, such as Raven Rock and the Overlook. Following along Little Creek, you will wind through the woods and find your way to a large staircase that descends to the Rock. Once under the Rock, take a moment to soak in the sights and sounds of the riverbed on the large fallen boulders. At the Overlook, bald eagles are commonly seen fishing along the river. The Overlook is also one of the best spots to view a sunset in the park.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge, stairs

Length:
2.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange circles